Despite B.P. warning, hair collections continue

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (WFLX)-- The hair boom idea was generated by a non-profit group called Matter of Trust.

The group maintains that despite what B.P. says, the hair booms are still effective.

"Absolutely the hair is going to be used and it is being used right now," said Christine Guyard who started her own group out of her palm Beach Gardens garage to help Matter of Trust collect hair locally.

It's called the Great Florida Weave, where she goes around local hair salons and pet groomers, collects their hair, and passes it on to Matter of Trust.

Over the weekend, B.P. and the U.S. Coast Guard said that they don't intend to use hair booms, but Matter of Trust calls it a misunderstanding saying that B.P. didn't want to pay for the collection and disposal of the booms.

Guyard says they are still effective despite what B.P. claims and that parishes in Louisiana are taking the free hair booms.

"They are deploying these hair booms now, with official Haz Mat teams putting them in cages and things created to deploy these. You just don't throw them into the sea," she said.

Last weekend Guyard delivered 300 pounds of Palm Beach County hair trimmings a Boom-B-Q gathering where volunteers made booms.

She hopes to gather another 300 this week from her network of hair salons.